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Turnovers help Farmington beat Middletown in thriller

MIDDLETOWN, Nov. 17 – Taking advantage of four Middletown turnovers, the Farmington High football continued on its march toward a possible berth in the CIAC Class L tournament with a thrilling 18-12 victory at Rosek-Skubel Stadium at Middletown High Thursday night.

The Indians (8-1, 4-1 CCC Div. II West) intercepted a pair of passes and recovered two fumbles that led to 12 points. After Farmington intercepted a pass and returned it to the Dragon 12-yard line, it took the Indians three plays before QB Brian Logan found Kenny Jones in the end zone for his 13th touchdown pass of the season and a 6-0 lead.

On its next possession, Middletown coughed up the ball with a fumble. Farmington responded with a nine-play drive capped off with a five-yard run from Ivan Guadalupe for a 12-0 lead. Guadalupe ran for a season-high 107 yards on 22 carries and 2 TDs.

Middletown (6-3, 3-2) cut the lead to six on a two-yard TD run from Devon Carrillo late in the second quarter but Farmington extended the lead to 12 on a 40-yard scamper to the end zone by Guadalupe. Carrillo’s five-yard run with 4:29 left in the game cut the Indian lead to six again.

On its next possession, the Dragons drove to the Farmington 18-yard line but a second interception sealed the win for the Indians.

Farmington closes the season by hosting Plainville (5-4) on Thanksgiving morning and hopes to win and clinch a berth in the eight-team Class L tournament. Farmington earned its eighth win for the first time since 2000, which was the final year in a six-year run that saw Farmington win at least eight games five times.

Farmington 18, Middletown 12
At Middletown
Farmington (8-1)  12  0  6  0 – 18
Middletown (6-3)   0  6  0  6  — 12
First quarter
F: Kenny Jones pass from Brian Logan, 4:29
F: Ivan Guadalupe 5 run
Second quarter
M: Devon Carrillo 2 run, 7:02
Third quarter
F: Guadalupe 40 run
Fourth quarter
M: Carrillo 5 run, 4:29
Individual statistics
RUSHING: Farmington — Brian Logan 3-minus 2, Jeremy Buck 1-minus 5, Adam Buono 10-37, Ivan Guadalupe 21-122, Kenny Jones 1-1, Michael Berlandy 2-9, Sean Fern 1-1
PASSING: Farmington — Brian Logan 3-13-1, 17; Buck 1-1-0, 14

RECEIVING: Farmington — Kenny Jones 2-11, Mike English 1-6, Harry Pacheco 1-14

Gerry deSimas, Jr., is the editor and founder of The Collinsville Press. He is an award-winning writer and has been covering sports in Connecticut and New England for more than 30 years. He was inducted into the New England High School Wrestling Hall of Fame in 2018.

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